Why is an antivirus update important?
If your antivirus software is not regularly updated, you are essentially leaving your computer open to any virus or worm that has been released since your last update.
What is an antivirus update?
An “antivirus update” can mean one of three things:
- Updating antivirus software to protect against new threats
- Updating existing software with patches or upgrades
- Renewing an antivirus software license
Update antivirus software
To update antivirus software to protect you against recent threats, chances are you don’t have to do anything at all.
Most antivirus products automatically update themselves daily or even (in the case of Kaspersky Lab) hourly to protect customers from any new viruses. All the latest virus definitions are added regularly. Therefore, unless a user chooses to update manually, you do not have to do anything at all.
In fact, Kaspersky Lab detects and adds around 30,000 new threats to its antivirus database every single day through an antivirus definition update. It does this seamlessly, working silently in the background to keep your system protected from any new threats.
Updating existing software with patches or upgrades
If you already have antivirus software, you may need to upgrade it to perform with a new operating system on your computer, such as Windows 7.
Patches for antivirus software fix any problems that the software developer may have discovered since first releasing the product.
Product updates also include changes to documentation related to your antivirus software.
This type of free antivirus update should be available from your antivirus software provider.
Renewing your antivirus software license
Software licences for antivirus programs usually last one or two years. It is vital that your antivirus software license is renewed once it expires. Expired antivirus protection is like having no protection at all and leaves your computer wide open to malicious viruses.
Renew your Kaspersky Antivirus license or, if you are new to Kaspersky, trial antivirus software for 30 days for free.